JP has been involved in climbing and mountaineering for over 25 years and is a highly qualified outdoor instructor. JP has a well earned reputation for efficiency, organisation and risk management; before diverting attention to the provision of training courses and workshops he provided technical consultancy services to climbing walls and outdoor centres, delivered Climbing Wall Instructor training and assessment at NGB and site specific level and has consulted on the risk management and logistical planning of mass participation and bold and unusual charity events. As well as his experience in the adventurous activity industry, risk management and event delivery JP is also is a very experienced 7th Dan martial arts Instructor. All of which has provided a breath of experience and plenty of opportunities for tough decisions. Over the last 2 yrs JP has focused on learning about why we’re all capable of making mistakes and what we can do to help us make better decisions and so keep standards within our industry high.
Key recent 'Monkeys Sometimes Fall Out Of Trees' activities and achievements:
Article on 'Triggers' published in "Professional Mountaineer" Magazine.
Delivered 'Normalisation of Deviance' Mini workshops to all of Go Ape's centre managers as part of their Managers training week.
Closing Speaker at the 2018 European Ropes Course Association international conference.
Delivered a talk on 'Why mistakes happen' at British Activity Providers Association national conference.
Delivered Workshops at Grenville House in Devon, Vertex Instructor Training, Dorset, Go Ape Managers training week, the Calvert Trust in the Lake District and an Open Workshop in Portishead.
During the past 11years of running The Outer edge (see About The Outer Edge) he has gained a well earned reputation for efficiency, delivery, organisation and risk management. Before diverting attention to the provision of training courses and workshops he provided technical consultancy services to climbing walls and outdoor centres, delivered Climbing Wall Instructor training and assessment at NGB and site specific level and has consulted on the risk management and logistical planning of mass participation and bold and unusual charity events.
"It's really important to me that people are able access challenging activities, that they are safe, but that the adventure, excitement and risk is not so diluted that they are no longer rewarding. With great challenge can come increased risk and this needs careful management and often takes a lot of effort and planning from an organiser but I think it's worth it. It means that the rewards for the individual are also far greater. I’m always mindful of the risk:benefit balance; I’ve reworked a 30ml section of road cycle because I didn’t like one jct. It took an extra day and a half to work out an alternative route but the risk from that blind, off camber r/h jct, wasn’t worth it. However, I’ve added a really tough climb up through Cheddar Gorge 2.5 days into 3 day ride because it's such an iconic climb in stunning scenery knowing full well that, at the time, participants wouldn’t thank me but that after it would hopefully form one of their more memorable experiences and achievements.
Putting yourself and others in situations with an increased risk of injury or worse and avoiding serious harm is hard work and cannot be taken lightly. I suppose the I’ve been ‘lucky’ in that I've been doing that for years and have slowly acquired the necessary skills to do so effectively. That said you never stop learning, you’ve got to continually assess what you do and its appropriateness to the situation. No two sets of circumstances are ever the same; conditions change, attention and energy levels of your clients and yourself can change in a matter of moments, and so many accidents have happened to others due to complacency.. I guess that’s what keeps it interesting. The challenges that I’m presented with are ever evolving."